Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Feeling down? You need to laugh!

School has not been a lot of fun lately for me. There has been too many stress causing things at school and I've been feeling myself getting sucked into a low energy phase in the school year at a time when I really need to pick things up. December and the Christmas stuff is a high energy time. The pressures of work have been compounded by the pressures of getting class work done and the frustration of trying to work on my project only to find my time slipping away on me. I'm struggling with getting the time to spend with the students who have signed up for online classes. I guess it is one of the realities of action research; time will always be a problem. However, I digress from what I wanted to write about and that is the need to laugh. Because laughter has been lacking in my life lately I sought out a video that would give me a laugh about homework. I found one that really tickled my funny bone, but it really isn't appropriate here as it has some rather offensive language. That video is called the homework song and I laughed at it because I was struggling with getting to my own paper. Anyway, happily enough that hit lead to me finding this video. The video is a prank where walkers unexpectedly end up in a pool of water. I'm not sure what this says about me as I laugh at the misfortune of others, but maybe that's the point. My job puts me in the position of trying to be a people pleaser at times, and I have to be the straight guy when sometimes I really just want to laugh. Maybe, I need to let myself be me and not a school administrator! Anyway, I still have work to do and I need to get to it. Suffice it to say that this video brought laughs to me and I was able to share it with my family. The joy that comes from laughing with your teenaged children is special especially when times have been a little less joyful than ordinary. Laugh out loud when you watch it and you will feel a sense of renewed vigor in your soul. I feel much more relaxed right now and it is likely that I will be more focused on my work for the rest of the evening. Hope you enjoy it as much as I did.